Keeping the grass fresh in the goose pen

April 27, 2011
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I love grass. It feeds the animals and keeps things nice & clean. The geese love it too, and will eat it down to the roots if they are on it long enough. The challenge is: How do you keep fresh grass around a nesting goose, without moving the nest? I do it by putting […]

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Eagles love to eat ducks

April 14, 2011
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It’s not uncommon for us to have eagles come by, but we got to know one up close & personal last week. Most of our ducks are penned up in 5′ x 10′ open bottomed pens.  They get moved to fresh grass every day, but they don’t get to run free.  Our runner ducks are […]

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Selling blown duck eggs

March 25, 2011

The value of my eggs tripled this week.  I just sold a dozen duck eggs on ebay this morning for $16.50, shipping not included.  The best part is that I got to eat them before they sold! I’m moving into the egg shell business.  Blown goose eggs move out pretty regularly–I’ve already promised to ship […]

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Goose Laying an Egg

March 15, 2011

Here is a sequence of photo’s I never expected to get.  I was building nests for my geese (hole+sand+straw+shelter) and I happened to have my camera along.  Good ol’ Splotchy was having contractions, so I snapped these as the egg came along.  This is my 6th spring with a flock of geese, and it’s the […]

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How to nest a goose

March 15, 2011

It’s spring (or nearly so), and that means nesting time.  Now that I’ve finally got the routine worked out for successfully nesting geese, I’ll share it with you. For those of you who just want to see how much I’ve learned from doing this the wrong way, you should skip to the list of mistakes […]

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Blown eggs–an easier way?

March 7, 2011
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I love finding ways for my birds to pay their own way! Spring is coming, and the ducks, chickens & geese have been laying more eggs–good news!  Our surplus eggs (pastured, organic, no-soy, no-corn) have gone to friends.  That “egg money” goes into an envelope to help pay for the feed. Finding ways to fill […]

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The First Goose Egg of Spring

February 23, 2011
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Joel ran to find me yesterday morning because the first goose egg of the year had appeared. The first eggs this year came from a pair of American Lavender Ice geese.

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Chickens & Cows on the Pasture

August 18, 2010

A cow pie is money, and I like to get it back in the soil “bank” as soon as possible. Of course, I’d rather not spend my time following around the cow with a rake to spread the manure out as soon as it hits the ground. I’ve got chickens lined up to do that job for me.

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Holistic Sustainable Agriculture from the Soil Up

July 3, 2010

There were 27 people who came out and joined us for Dr Dettloff’s presentation Saturday. I will type up the notes about local resources which we compiled throughout the day, and distribute them to those who joined us.

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Geese mow my lawn

June 8, 2010

It has now been 7 weeks since my goslings hatched, and they are about half-way feathered out–about 3 lbs each. It’s been cold and rainy since they hatched, but their parents have done excellent work keeping them protected.

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